Theodore Roosevelt statue to be removed from new york’s American Museum of Natural History

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The American Museum of Natural History, to remove a prominent statue of Theodore Roosevelt, from his entry, after years of objections that it symbolizes the colonial expansion and racial discrimination, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Sunday.The bronze statue that has stood in the museum’s Central Park, to the West of the entrance since 1940 represents Roosevelt, on horseback, with a Native American and an African man, standing to the side of the horse.

“The American Museum of Natural History has asked to remove the name of Theodore Roosevelt statue because she is explicitly described as Black and Indigenous peoples as subject, and belonging to an inferior race,” de Blasio said in a written statement. “The City supports the Museum’s request. This is the right decision and the right time to remove this problem of the statue. ”

Taking to Twitter, the President, Donald Trump has objected to the statue’s removal.

“Ridiculous, don’t do it! “, has tweeted.

The museum president, Ellen Futter, told the New York Times that the museum ” of the community has been deeply moved by the extension of the movement for racial justice that has emerged after the death of George Floyd. ”

“We have seen that the attention of the world and the country has increasingly turned towards the statues as powerful and hurtful symbols of racism that is systemic,” Futter said at the Time.

The officials said that it has not been determined at the time of the Roosevelt statue will be removed and where it will go.

“The composition of the Equestrian Statue does not reflect Theodore Roosevelt’s legacy,” Theodore Roosevelt IV, a great-grandson of the president, said in a statement to the Times. “It is time to move the statue and go forward. ”

Futter said that the objects of the museum of the statue, but not to Roosevelt, one of the first defenders of the environment, whose father was one of the founding members of the institution and who served as the governor of New York before becoming the 26th president. She said that the museum is naming its Hall of Biodiversity for Roosevelt ” in recognition of his conservation legacy. ”

In 2017, the protesters splattered red liquid on the statue base to represent the blood and released a statement calling for its withdrawal as an emblem of ” patriarchy, white supremacy, and settler-colonialism. “

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